Massapequa, NY – Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town Board recently dedicated a basketball court at Anchor Park in Massapequa in memory of Tyler James Abizeid, a beloved Massapequa teen who was only 14 years old when he passed away. Tyler, an avid sports fan, played basketball on the court being named in his honor the day he passed. Tyler’s life was celebrated at a special dedication ceremony, including the gift of life he gave eight people through organ donation.
Supervisor Saladino stated, “Tyler was an incredible young man, and all who knew him described him as a selfless person, always thinking of others. I am very proud to dedicate this basketball court in his memory. The basketball court will be dedicated as “Tyler’s Court,” with the inscription ‘On This Court No One Stands Alone’ to commemorate Tyler’s approach to life, as he continuously gave to others and helped those in need even at the end of his life.”
Tyler James Abizeid was born on September 15th, 2004, and lived in Massapequa and attended Massapequa High School. The only child of Jessica and Anthony Abizeid, Tyler had a passion for sports, especially basketball, and could usually be found out here on the court in Anchor Park in Massapequa working on his game. With a heart of gold, in his short 14 years, Tyler continuously gave to other, and carried himself as someone much older and wiser than a boy his age.
“Although Tyler was called home far too soon, leaving a void of incredible sadness with his friends, family, and community, Tyler’s parents chose to honor his memory in the best way possible and celebrated his amazing life and selfless attitude by deciding to donate his organs, changing 8 other people’s lives forever,” Supervisor Saladino added. “Tyler’s legacy will forever live on through this amazing decision, and it is only appropriate that in death as in life, Tyler was a giver, constantly working to make other’s lives better through his words and actions.”